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In the world of gaming, sports games have always held a special place; they have not only entertained millions of fans worldwide but have also managed to revolutionize the gaming industry as a whole. These games have come a long way, evolving from simple 2D renditions to immersive experiences that bring the thrill of the stadium right into our living rooms.

At the beginning of the '80s, the first sports computer games appeared. Kevin Toms wrote the first Football Manager in 1982 for the ZX Spectrum. International Soccer in 1983 was one of the first soccer games for the Commodore 64, while David Crane developed the iconic The Activision Decathlon for the Atari 2600, later ported to Commodore 64 and many other platforms. The same year, One-on-One created a fantastic basketball experience on the Apple II. Anyway, Epyx "Games" series was one of the biggest sports hits in the '80s, with Summer Games, Winter Games, California Games, and other titles.

In 1989, Kick Off for the Amiga changed football simulations forever, with its innovative top-down view and a ball not "glued" to the players. This inspired Sensible Soccer in 1992, the game that stole the throne to Kick Off 2 as the most played soccer game, at least until Sensible World of Soccer was released in 1994. The Manager changed the perspective in 1991 as a pure managerial game. In 1992, the famous Championship Manager was released. It was the first of a long series that continued for many years; see for example, Championship Manager 97/98.

But it's not all about football (aka soccer). Wayne Gretzky Hockey in 1988 was the first successful hockey sim, while Links: The Challenge of Golf in 1990 made golf a popular game on computers. John Madden Football in 1989 started a long series of (American) football sims, a series that is still alive today. Cinemaware introduced a new way to present sports games with the TV Sports series, started with TV Sports: Football in 1988 and continued with TV Sports: Basketball and TV Sports: Boxing.

If you like rugby, don't miss World Class Rugby and especially Jonah Lomu Rugby, while for tennis, you should not miss Center Court 2 for the Amiga. For sure many other great titles are missing in this overview. Just browse the titles below and have fun!

Sensible World of Soccer 95/96 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer 95/96 is an improved version of Sensible World of Soccer, the soccer sim created by Sensible Soccer and considered by many the best game ever created for the Amiga.

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

2 players football management multiplayer real-time soccer sports

Sensible World of Soccer amiga

Sensible World of Soccer is the enhanced version of the original Sensible Soccer, the soccer sim designed and developed by Sensible Software. "SWOS" was released in 1994 for the Amiga.

Year: 1994 Genre: Sports

2 players competitive football multiplayer soccer sport management sports

FIFA Soccer 96 dosgenesis

FIFA Soccer 96 is the third football (soccer) simulation released by Electronic Arts and it was the first to feature real-time 3D graphics. Developed by Extended Play Productions, ...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

football management soccer sports

Kick Off 2 amiga

Kick Off 2 is the sequel to Dino Dini's Kick Off, one of the most appreciated soccer sims of the '90s. Developed by Anco Software, it was published in 1990, one year later the firs...

Year: 1990 Genre: Sports

2 players amiga original game competitive football multiplayer soccer sports

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe amiga

Speedball is a videogame series based on a violent futuristic cyberpunk sport that draws on elements of handball and ice hockey. This is the second game of the series, developed by...

Year: 1991 Genre: Sports

2 players amiga cd32 brutal sports cyberpunk futuristic sports sports

NHL Hockey 94 genesis

NHL Hockey '94 is an ice hockey game developed and published by EA Sports in 1993 for the Genesis, DOS, Super NES, and Sega CD. EA Sports, a spin-off from Electronic Arts that requ...

Year: 1993 Genre: Sports

2 players competitive hockey licensed sports top-down winter sports

Sensible World of Soccer 2020 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer 2020 is a real Xmas gift! The one and only Sensible World of Soccer, updated with all the teams, leagues, and players of the 2019/2020 season. The guy...

Year: 2019 Genre: Sports

2 players amiga original game birds-eye view competitive soccer sport management sports

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick amiga

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick is the third game in the Bundesliga Manager series created by Kron Simulation Software. It was released in 1994 for PC and Amiga AGA machines. Designed ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Sports

aga hotseat management multiplayer soccer sports

Sensible World of Soccer 96/97 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer '96/'97 is the fourth and final release of the popular soccer game created by Sensible Software. Released in 1996 for PC and Amiga, it's mostly an updated ...

Year: 1996 Genre: Sports

2 players birds-eye view football multiplayer real-time soccer sport management sports top-down

Backyard Baseball windows

Backyard Baseball is a baseball game created by Humongous Entertainment and released for Windows and Macintosh in 1997. It's the first of a long series of successful titles, the last one of which was released in 2015.

Year: 1997 Genre: Sports

baseball cartoon scumm sports

NHL 96 genesis

NHL 96 is a hockey simulation developed by High Score Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1995 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. It was also released for PC and SNES. It...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

genesis original game hockey licensed sports winter sports

TV Sports: Football amiga

TV Sports: Football is the first game of the TV Sports series created by Cinemaware initially for the Amiga. It was published in 1988, while the C64 and DOS versions followed later.

Year: 1988 Genre: Sports

2 players american football amiga original game multiplayer sports top-down

Sensible World of Soccer 2016 amiga

We should have released it a bit earlier, but this game is a real gem: a 2016 version of Sensible World of Soccer! Yes, that's right. You can play Sensible World of Soccer (the c...

Year: 2016 Genre: Sports

2 players amiga original game football multiplayer soccer sports

Links 386 Pro dos

Links 386 Pro is the follow-up to Links: The Challenge of Golf and was developed and published by Access Software in 1992 for DOS. It was ported to Macintosh in 1994, and FM Towns and PC-98 in 1995.

Year: 1992 Genre: Sports

golf sports